Will VA Tech Transfer Dorian Finney-Smith Become a Florida Gator?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMay 14, 2012


Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2012 ACC All-Freshman selection, is transferring from Virginia Tech. 

He has reduced his possible future destinations to Florida and Memphis, according to the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, TN.

Finney-Smith, a 5-star recruit in the class of 2011, averaged 6.3 points and seven rebounds per game last season for the Hokies.

While his scoring numbers were not eye-popping, he is a sought-after transfer player who will only get better as he moves forward in his college career.

Billy Donovan has a lot going for him after reeling him in.

Florida was among the school's that made it to Finney-Smith's shortlist before he chose to play for Virginia Tech.

Old Dominion, Virginia and Wake Forest were the other schools that he considered during recruitment.

The forward already has a close relationship with former Gator Vernon Macklin, who now plays for the Detroit Pistons.

Furthermore, Florida was Finney-Smith's second choice behind Virginia Tech in the first place, according to Gatorcountry.com.

On top of that, Florida will present better opportunities in the 2013-14 season than Memphis.

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 24:  Head coach Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators reacts late in the second half while taking on the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Final at US Airways Center on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Ar
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Regardless of what school he chooses, he will have to sit out the upcoming season.

A year from now, Billy Donovan's frontcourt will need an infusion of size and skills.

At Florida, following the 2012-13 season, 6'10" forward Erik Murphy will graduate and center Patric Young (pictured) will probably enter the 2013 NBA draft.

At Memphis, rising sophomore Adonis Thomas has a lock on the small forward position and rising junior Tarik Black is a fixture at power forward. Meanwhile, Tigers head coach Josh Pastner has just acquired a pair of 4-star forwards to add more depth to the team's frontcourt.

While nothing in the recruiting game is guaranteed, I fully expect Dorian Finney-Smith to be heading to Gainesville to lace 'em up for the Gators.